Protecting the National Heritage

The following article is based on my own interpretation of the said events. Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced. I will bear the sole responsibility for anything that is found to have been copied or misappropriated or misrepresented in the following post.

Soumen Maitra, EMBA KOL 2015-18, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur

India is a country where there are several church, temples, mosques, memorials, buildings, landmarks, pillars, edicts, fountains, graves stones, monoliths, mounds, palaces, statues, war memorials, towers, tombs etc. Among these there are a number of Monuments.  Monuments the buildings or structures famous for their architectural and cultural heritage. They are durable and famous symbols of past. We get lot of historical and political information from Monuments. Every community and society has a very precious heritage which has to be transferred to the next generation to preserve it for the future generation. According to the ancients  Monuments and Archaeological sites and Remains Act, 1958(No 24 of 1958), if someone destroys, removes, injures, alters, defaces, imperils or misuse a protected Monuments he/she shall be punishable with imprisonment which may extend to three month or with a fine which may extend to five thousand rupees or with both. There are two types of cultural heritage(a)immoveable object(b) moveable object. Immoveable object are usually buildings, locations such as gardens or areas such as city districts. Small moveable object may include old books or art work, large moveable objects may include automobiles, aircraft and ships.


Several steps has to be taken to protect our National Heritage. In the case of a National Heritage site in a populated area monitoring and protecting may be under the jurisdiction of a fire department or local police department, whereas more remote sites may be under the protection of a central conservation agency. The first step is to renovate damaged historical monuments and provide them legal protection under the Heritage protection Act of UNO. Their should be commercialization of monuments to prevent spread of pollution in the surroundings. Monuments have become love making spots which should be brought under control and younger and even older made to understand their cultural values. Poor civic sense of local citizens, visitors scratching, splitting on monuments etc. Water seepage from several monuments have to be repaired. Protecting the monuments from civil wars, terrorist attacks and vandalism and Also protecting from natural weathering.


India has an extraordinary vast and diverse pool of cultural heritage and ancient monuments. A large number of HBM in India are facing extinction and with them will vanish remainders of civilization. These HBM are like a chapter of a history book and it must not be allowed to close.








Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s